Summary: After years of playing the Knockout Kings franchise, I was wondering what was so different with Fight Night 2004. The first thing I noticed was the controls. The default controls has the way you throw punches used by the right analog stick. In order to throw straight punches, you just flick it diagonally up & left or right, to throw hooks, you move the analog stick left or right, then arc it upward.
Summary: Very neat game. The graphics are OK, but I wish they were better. You are able to create your own characters. You can choose their skin tone, height, weight, muscle tone, hair color, and the size of their nose, ears, lips, eyes, jaw bone, etc... Some of the characters are very hard to beat. You get knocked out more than your opponent, but don't let it get you frustrated, because you can still win. The trick is to fill your stamina bar very high.
Summary: I played through Fight Night 2004 back when it came out and had a lot of fun. Other reviewers have mentioned that different boxers have different approaches to being in the ring with you, and they are correct! You'll need to react accordingly or find yourself laying on the mat trying to get the dizziness out of your head. Playing this on original XBOX was great. Playing on the 360 is also fun, but there are a few graphical errors you'll have to overlook.
Summary: I got this game for Christmas of 2004, and I've had a total blast with it. The graphics and sound are top notched from EA! You can either fight with the large Fight Nite lineup or create your own boxer. So I created a 6'10 heavy with a mohawk and tatoes and named him the Irish Bull. You can unlock rings, equipment, and buy upgrades at the store. This came is so much fun, but there are two things I don't like about it.
Summary: I had previously written a review proclaiming Knockout Kings 2002 to be a better game than Fight Night 2004. I was wrong. At the time, I was unaware that you could turn off the total punch control system and punch with the buttons... making the game much easier to control. You can also run the total punch control and buttons simultaneously which offers the ultimate aresenal of controllable punches. A lot of people have complained about the "annoying" rap soundtrack.
Summary: I've yet to play Fight Night Round 2... But I must say this is a really fun game. It has great control, great graphics and is pretty realistic. I don't know alot about real boxing, but this game had a decent number of characters and most of the big names I've heard of... Of course the create a boxer and move up the ranks is the highlight of the game. It's a journey that can take a while, but it's worthy.